HEADLINE: PANCREAS CANCER OPTIONS
ANCHOR LEAD: PEOPLE WITH CANCER OF THE PANCREAS SHOULD SEEK INFORMATION, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Patients everywhere are told they must become advocates for their own healthcare, and that may be especially true in the case of pancreas cancer, where a recent study revealed that 40% or more of patients who may benefit from surgery aren’t even offered it. Michael Choti, a pancreas cancer surgeon at Johns Hopkins, offers his opinion.
CHOTI: I think that although still, in the majority of patients with pancreatic cancer they are not candidates for surgical resection, I think it’s important in most cases where someone has this diagnosis to make sure that their cancer is or is not resectible, and if there is a chance of that that they be evaluated and considered for surgical therapy. But certainly I think that both the ability to determine resectibility as well as the outcome following what is arguably a very complex and potentially high risk operation should be done in centers that have expertise in this area. ;35
I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.